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"Teachers will welcome this book as an unparalleled blend of exacting legal scholarship with engaging narrative history. Urofsky skillfully weaves dialogue, novelistic narrative, and extensive interview quotes with discerning policy and legal analysis. In the grand tradition of Anthony Lewis, he shows how great movements in law and society impact ordinary people, and how their universal striving for fair play and equal treatment moves legal discourse. Students and teachers alike will cherish this book."—William M. Wiecek, author of Liberty under Law: The Supreme Court in American Life
"Urofsky's volume is a boon to those attempting to understand the current debate about affirmative action. Taking one case as his text, he presents the arguments on both sides, explores the societal setting that produced the controversy, and explains both the legal decisions that have been an important element in the debate and the steps the case followed in its journey to the Supreme Court. He never forgets that the story he is telling involves real people, who spring to life in these pages and provide a human face to the debate and to the judicial process. He remembers that he is also writing for real people, and he does so beautifully. There could not be a better way of learning about the interaction between societal problems and the law in the United States."—Phillipa Strum, author of Louis Brandeis: Justice for the People
Author Biography: Melvin I. Urofsky is professor of constitutional history at Virginia Commonwealth University. Called by the Journal of American History "our most prolific constitutional historian," he is the author or editor of more than three dozen books, including Letting Go: Death, Dying, and the Law and Lethal Judgments:Assisted Suicide and American Law.